I found the other day the database for this site had gone missing. I think in this case I had accidentally deleted it, but it was to long ago to reclaim the database
So This is a brand new shell and I will be rebuilding some of the archive material that used to be on this site.
The truth is at the moment though in our area the 2m band had become little more than CB and the repeater was a magnet for every wally who could key a mike.
In my opinion this is a shame as the GB3CF repeater used to be a really good repeater, Now though it seems they have gone over to Yaesu Fusion. Which is Ok if you have the equipment.
I find myself wondering if this will not be the beginning of the end of the Leicester repeater group. Yes the call sign has to be generated and they can find out exactly who is abusing the repeater. So it probably stops the abuse. but my guess is only about 25% of the people who used to use it can now use the repeater. But my feeling is they have now made this an exclusive club for only those radio amateur who
A. Can afford to change radio’s
B. Those who want to use digital radio
C. Or those who are prepared to tweak software and fiddle to get the system actually working.
So to my mind in effect the original concept of repeaters has been chucked out of the window . I think the original concept was to allow mobile user with a standard radio to be able to talk to people they would not normally be able to reach on the radio installed in their car or portable set up.
Yes you can argue that you still can, but not without additional or replacement equipment.
I hate to be in agreement for once with the person who runs a local radio club (sort off) via his puppets. Anyone who has spent any time at this local club will know who I mean and before you say he doesn’t run this erm disorganized organization, let me assure you he does.
The constitution means nothing and it is ignored when convenient and also used to bash people over the head with it when it is convenient to do so. Regardless of the committee which is nothing but a farce anyway, he is the one who decides what goes on or not, what he says goes, which is why all they do is contests. He can come up with a million reasons why they can’t do something, but will bend heaven and hell to do a contest,
Anyway this jerk would say “It is not proper radio”and for once and it is first I agree with him. It is also not the kind of radio I took my tests to be able to use.
Anyway where does this leave the average Amateur radio user on a limited budget? In my opinion they are putting the repeater beyond their reach and also putting the Leicester repeater group at risk, as I for one would not be prepared to pay dues to an organization for a service I can not use. Am I alone in this concern? You tell me.
Anyway back to the site as we are also approaching the end of the HF cycle I can not get over the noise floor on HF, hence my use of the radio seems to be switch on the radios and scan the bands to see If I can hear anything coming over the noise floor, usually I can’t so my use of the radio has become very limited of late,
I have decided to relocate the radios again now so I need to re-route the antenna leads.
My only real project at the moment is I want to rework my go box to make it easier for maintenance and organization and if all goes well details of that project will be posted here. Unfortunately there always seems to be something more pressing to be done atm.